Day 1: A Nail in a Sure Place - The Faithfulness and Single-mindedness of God
Do you struggle with doubts, unbelief, and confusion? Do fear and hesitancy inhibit your steps of faith? Do you feel like you waver back and forth on matters? Do your thoughts race like a hamster on a wheel but leave you exhausted and no further ahead? Do you feel tossed to and fro or struggle to make decisions and then keep them? These are symptoms of double-mindedness and you are not alone. Don’t worry! It is treatable and you can become single-minded and full of faith!
Now, here’s the truth-the real deal. Everyone experiences doubt, but it’s possible to stop wavering and even grow strong and steadfast in your faith! Look at Abraham of whom it is said:
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God—Rom. 4:20, ESV
He grew! He grew! He grew! He grew strong in his faith! And so can you. Now that’s Good News! God desires His children be single-minded, unwavering, devoted to and loving Him with “all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.” God uses Isaiah the prophet to illustrate what stability and single-mindedness look like saying, “I will make him like a nail in a sure place” (Is. 22:23). A nail in a sure place does not waver but remains both fixed and firm.
A Nail in a Sure Place
The phrase “a nail in a sure place” which is woven throughout this series comes from a beautiful passage written by the prophet Isaiah:
And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.”— Isaiah 22:22–24, KJV
The word “sure” in Isaiah 22:23 is the same word aman, meaning “to believe” is defined as: firm, fixed, committed, established, trust, trustworthy, and fidelity. Some translations use the words “firm" place, but it is still aman. It is God who drives the believer into a “sure” place. But what is that sure place? What is God driving or fastening in the believer into?
In the same way, God drives or fastens followers of Jesus like a nail in a sure place. The nail is strong, but it is what the nail is buried in that is more secure. What the nail is fastened to is what allows it to withstand great pressure and not break loose and drop what it is holding. The peg is useless unless it is fastened to something steadfast and immovable— something trustworthy. The Lord and His character is that sure place. The nail—the believer—does not need to do a thing but rest in the mortar or beam of God’s unfailing character and love.
On Display for the World to See
God used the word aman in Isaiah 22:22–24 as a word picture for His people. In ancient times, stakes were driven into the timbers or fastened and secured into the mortar/concrete of a home. These stakes were permanent, and they could not be moved. They were so steadfast and immovable that they could bear extreme burdens without budging or coming loose. A nail could possibly break off at the point where the wall was, but it could never come out of the wall. Those nails were used to glorify and beautify the house. From them, families would hang decorations, useful vessels, armor, shields, and swords from previous glorious battles.
When God drives you into His character and you become steadfast, battle glories (the trophies & prizes of winning skirmishes in the battle for your faith and destiny) and other evidence of His goodness and faithfulness will be displayed in your life for all to see. The glory of your Father’s house can “hang” off you as you rest in the powerful beam of His character. That word “glory” is Hebrew for kabowd (Strong’s H3519). Kabowd means, “goodness and excellence of character splendor, weighty and honor.” The more God “hangs” off you, the more people will see His goodness and be drawn to His mercy. He wants to fasten or drive you into the revelation of His character so that no matter how weighty the things are that God hangs from you; you will be able to display them. He longs to drive you into Him so that you are not tossed about by every circumstance, wind, or doctrine that blows.
As you believe His promises, you can step out confidently and obey whatever He prompts you to do. As you do, the weighty glory and splendor of the spoils will be hung on you for the world to see. It may be that book He told you to write that becomes a bestseller. Maybe it’s obeying Him and sharing Jesus with people who need salvation. Perhaps it means starting that business your faith is prompting you to start. As you rest, fastened into His character, the spoils of obedience and the goodness of God’s character will be hung on you.
Trusting God’s incredible character will bring inner stillness and peace. Those internal arguments between faith and unbelief will be silenced as you fully rely on God who is committed to bringing His promises in your life to pass.
You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
— Isaiah 26:3, NKJV
Look at this incredible verse declaring the single-mindedness of God. When He speaks something to your heart, He means it:
God is not a man that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?— Numbers 23:19, NLT
I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.— Isaiah 45:19, NLT
Think on each of these verses. Meditate on them. Meditate means to mumble the words over and over as the words and their meaning take depth inside of you. It’s like swishing them around in your mouth and your mind until the magnitude of the flavors are released into a full and satisfying experience. Savor the depths of what it means to become a nail in the “sure” of God, who loves you and is driving you into Himself- The Single-minded, All-Loving, Almighty and Unfailing Father who cannot lie. Those who know God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits for God (Dan. 11:32, AMPC). And, my friend, you are about to know your God! Let Him drive you into Himself.
Grab a coffee my friend, and don't forget your favorite pen, and a journal. Ask the Holy Spirit walk through these questions, they are the foundation to our journey From Double-minded To Destiny!
Reflect with the Holy Spirit
- No doubt made Abraham waver at the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God. What thoughts do I have about this verse? What feelings do I have? Lord, what do You want to say to me about this verse and how does it apply to me?
- God, do You want to drive me into Your good character? What do You want to say about being at rest in You? What “emblems” of battle glories are You wanting to hang off of me as I walk out of double-mindedness into my destiny? What “emblems” am I hoping You will hang on me for Your glory?
- By trusting in You, what area of my life am I hoping to gain peace in? What areas are You longing to bring peace to?
- What areas of “wavering” can I expect to change as You “drive” me into Your unfailing love and character?
- God, is there anything else You want to say to me?
This teaching devotional is part of a series based on Tyrelle Smith's book: From Double-Minded To Destiny. Each week we will publish more on how you can remove doubts and insecurities and fulfill God's plan for your life in a greater way.